The economy in 2007, when we first found the Roamer, was still on fire, and even used boats were quite expensive. After doing the math on “engines and a paint job,” it looked like it would be cost effective to restore the Roamer. We had also found that every boat we looked at had features, layouts etc that we would have to change to make it the way we like. I’m also inclined to take on big projects as sort of a hobby; for me, this sort of thing is fun. So, with that in mind we started dejunking and disassembling the boat.
But the more we disassembled, the more problems we discovered and the more demolition we did of the interior. I think of disassemble as a process that will be done in reverse later to put it back in the same basic shape as before. Demolition, by contrast, is just getting stuff out of the way, destructively if necessary, to make a blank palette for a new design. The more disassembling we did, the more rot and other issues we found that, in turn, required more demolition. Somewhere along the way we realized that gutting the boat and starting anew would yield the best result in terms of what we wanted.
So by January 2008, the refit plan had grown to “engines, a paint job and a whole interior.”
Everything that isn’t bolted down goes.
In this case, the original mahogany chest of drawers from the aft cabin might clean up nicely if we can get that nasty paint off of it some day (some day being the operative term).
But all of the helm switches and gauges are functional, and the chrome isn’t too badly pitted. This should clean up pretty well.
I also suspected the hatch would need to be repaired, since the seam in the fiberglass on top showed evidence of breakage. If only I knew…
The exhaust risers are copper, which is wonderful material for that application EXCEPT if it’s in an aluminum boat. Copper ions interact with hot exhaust and leave the inside of the risers, settling downstream on the aluminum exhaust tubes. Since it’s a wet environment, the copper and aluminum make a small battery that consumes the aluminum. The result is extensive pitting. But more on that later…
Actually, it took about a week to get to this point.
But I started thinking like an Egyptian and before long there was light at the end…er…the edge of the hatch.
Just in time, too, because a crane was coming the next morning to remove the big, heavy stuff–the engines, genset, air conditioner and refrigerator.
Salon floors out…check
Engines and generator disconnected…check
Salon hatch out…check
Note the empty yet unopened packs of frozen sweet corn on the cob with just a bit of brown liquid left in them? See the maggot zombies? mmmmmm
I’m guessing that what we’re looking at here is some fully processed sweet corn. I mean, there wasn’t even any cob left. All I can think of is: 1) gak; and 2) thank the lord above that it was the middle of winter and the fridge door seals had worked.
Installed in this vessel in 1973 when the Roamer was only three years old, they weighed 1850lbs each with gears. 400 hp at the gear tailshaft @ 3200rpm. But destroyed by neglect and completely obsolete, so rebuilding was impractical. RIP
That was it for Phase 1 and 2 of Step 1: Dejunk and Disassemble. Next comes more Disassembly and Demolition…